Dengue rages despite all measures to tackle it

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Epidemiology Unit (EU) yesterday revealed that the number of dengue cases recorded so far this year was 88,029, which was higher than that during the whole of last year, despite efforts by the EU and the Health Ministry to bring the situation under control.

A total of 143,179 of dengue cases was recorded from the beginning of this year till the last week of August while the death toll was over 305. The EU website said that the cases recorded during the whole of last year was 55,150 while the death toll was a little over 80.

 The EU website specifies that approximately 44.36 per cent of dengue cases have been reported from the Western Province. The situation calls for the elimination of mosquito breeding sites and it is important to seek medical attention early.

 The highest number of cases this year was recorded in the month of July 40,461.

The number of cases recorded this month was 15,772. The highest numbers were reported from Colombo (29,070), Gampaha (26,161) Kandy (9773) and Ratnapura (8690), Kurunegala (8,600), Kalutara (8296) and Kegalle (7402). 

 Last year the highest number was recorded in July; it was 10,715.

The highest number of dengue cases in 2016 was recorded in Colombo (16,767) followed by Gampaha (7173), Kandy (4063), Kalutara (3502), Ratnapura (3130), Galle (3086) and Kurunegala (2556).

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